Transitions, Soapboxes, and the like…
Well, hi there.
Big shoes to fill, I have before me. Some of the smartest and wisest and most inspiring people I know have sat in this seat; over the years since I joined the Fedora Project, they’ve become dear friends, co-workers, the peeps I can count on for advice, and guidance. (And in many cases, people from whom I can extract money in a poker game.)
These are interesting times, folks, and we have a TON of stuff going on in Fedora right now that is on the hockey-stick path to Awesomeness. The *rest* of smartest and wisest and most inspirational people I know are the diverse group of contributors who drive the Fedora Project forward every day; you all are the Doers, the people who make things happen, the people who take ideas and turn them into actions.
And so, I intend to wear those shoes proudly. While I don’t plan on following in the footsteps of anyone (because, you know, that would be walking in circles, which isn’t highly productive), I do aspire to step with the same spirit that those before me have — honestly, transparently, communicative-ly (new word!), with humor, and with care. And I aspire to Get Stuff Done, sans red tape.
And I fully expect all of you to call BS on me when I’m not.
As for the imminent future: YES, in terms of Getting Stuff Done, there are things I’d like to Get Done. I don’t want to be Cloudy about it, but I see many ARMs up in the air, wondering what we might be getting done for our Users and Developers — and to that end, I’ll be spelling out a few of those things in the coming days. (Hint: THERE MAY HAVE BEEN HINTS IN THAT SENTENCE.) I think we have a tremendous number of shorter-term tasks to tackle as well; making it easier to get things done, improving processes, improving contributor onramping — all in the name of generally being a more agile community. I will come out and say that one of the things that is important to me, personally, is recognizing those successes when we hit them, and being able to measure them, and as such, one of the things that I want to tackle is statistics — figuring out what we track, why, if it even makes any sense, what we do with the data, if we can make it actionable.
But that is just me. I recognize that I can’t go anywhere without others — the Doers, the Owners. What is important to you, where you want to go, what you want to achieve, are the things that truly drive the Fedora Project. I’m here to listen, and help you get there, and hopefully help make it easier to do so.
In other news:
I would be an IDIOT to not capitalize on eyeballs with a bit of advertising right now. Thus, I bring you:
Impending Milestones, Schedule Reminders, and General Pleading
- Today, February 7, is Feature Freeze. Features should be testable and substantially complete. WE HAVE SIXTY TWO FEATURES, ZOMG. Today is also branch freeze day.
- Next Tuesday, February 14, is the Alpha change deadline.
- F17 Alpha is scheduled to arrive on February 28, 2012. Check here for the current release blocker list.
The complete Fedora 17 Schedule is viewable, in all of its meaty glory, here.